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Vittorio Gennari: Blues

Read "Blues" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Italian alto saxophonist Vittorio Gennari manages to keep together his band from his 2010 Melodies for another run on Blues, a recording he nominally shares with vibraphonist Daniele Di Gregorio. The two survey the sacred twelve bars much in the same way as Jackie McLean on his 1961 Bluesnik (Blue Note) or Jimmy Smith on Six Views of the Blues (1958, Blue Note). In these cases, the principles were putting their personal mark on the blues, uniquely and definitely. Gennari ...

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Vito Di Modugno: East Side

Read "East Side" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Italian organist Vito Di Modugno has made a solid name for himself with several well-received Red Records releases that include, Organ Trio Plus Guests (2007), Organ Grooves (2008), Organ Trio, Volume 2 (2009), and now the delightfully swinging East Side. Di Modugno is first among a progressive group of B3 specialists who are charging mainstream jazz with a well-developed vision that is neither too traditional nor overly experimental. Di Modugno opens his recital with the titled original, ...

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Pablo Bobrowicky: Southern Blue

Read "Southern Blue" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Argentinian guitarist Pablo Bobrowicky has a beautifully unadorned and organic tone, as naked as an electrified guitar can be. He makes it a point not to hide behind reverb, sustain, or overdrive, producing a plectrum sound halfway between electric and acoustic. On Southern Blue, his fourth Red Records recording as a leader, Bobrowicky returns to the trio format he so successfully led on 2001's Where We Are (Red Records), spinning out an excellent collection of standards and originals, rendered like ...

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Markelian Kapedani Trio: Balkan Bop

Read "Balkan Bop" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Were we able to quantitate talent density as a function of label catalog size, Sergio Veschi's Red Records would doubtless be close to the top. His generosity to Italian and foreign musicians alike has resulted in a great jazz label. Albanian activist/pianist/composer Markelian Kapedani adds to this fine catalog with Balkan Bop, a standard piano trio performance of ten original compositions, marking his second recording for the label, after 2008's solo Balkan Piano. Choosing a single track ...

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Dida Pelled: Plays and Sings

Read "Plays and Sings" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Youthful precociousness is one thing. There is typically an element of immaturity present. Fully developed and evolved at a young age is something else entirely. Israeli Dida Pelled has emerged fully formed as singer and instrumental soloist in New York City, after completing her obligation to the Israeli military and relocating there (not unlike fellow countryman/saxophonist Idit Shner). In New York, Pelled made the acquaintance of trumpeter Fabio Morgera who, in turn, brought her to the attention of Red Records' ...

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Dida Pelled: Plays And Sings

Read "Plays And Sings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While no “one size fits all" prescription exists for molding and educating unique artists, some schools seem to have an exceptional track record. A large segment of the who's who of jazz greats from Detroit went through Cass Technical High School and more than a few Texas jazz titans received their education at Booker T. Washington High School For The Performing And Visual Arts. Another, less likely source--The Thelma Yellin High School Of The Arts in Tel Aviv, Israel--wasn't really ...

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Vittorio Gennari: Melodies

Read "Melodies" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Altoist Vittorio Gennari is scarcely a household word among jazz fans in his native Italy, let alone the wider world. Arriving on the scene late in life, after a long career playing in dance bands, Gennari was in his seventies when he cut his first record as a leader, The Sound (Red, 2006). Now, aged 76, he's followed it up with Melodies; a small gem of an album and the distillation of a lifetime's adoration of jazz that began when ...


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